The partnership leading the Chester City Gateway regeneration project has launched a four-week public consultation on its draft Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), that will shape future development within the regeneration area over the next decade.
A series of public engagement events will be held during the four-week consultation period by the partnership, consisting of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Network Rail and LCR.
Chester City Gateway provides the opportunity to transform the area around Chester Railway Station into a high-quality new destination for sustainable living and working. It provides significantly enhanced green travel connectivity to the city for all visitors and residents, particularly those communities to the north of the station.
The project will also provide a new arrival experience to the city and a ‘gateway’ to Cheshire, North Wales, Merseyside and beyond.
The draft SRF sets out the strategic vision, key initiatives, and overarching principles for the Chester City Gateway, which will be used to attract inward investment, support future funding bids and inform future planning applications.
The plan’s five key initiatives will underpin development in the gateway area:
- An improved Chester Railway Station experience – creating an enhanced gateway into the city with improved public realm.
- Supporting greater accessibility and prioritisation of walking and cycling – introducing a new pedestrian and cycle bridge, improved walking and cycling routes to create an integrated transport hub.
- Consolidating and improving car parking – positioning car parking to better reflect the needs of station users.
- Delivering high quality placemaking and public realm – creating a place where people want to live, spend time or work.
- Meeting local housing need – diversifying the housing offer for local people in an area of high demand but low supply.
Councillor Richard Beacham, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration commented:
Robin Dobson, Group Property Director at Network Rail, said:
Peter Rowe, Senior Development Manager at LCR, added:
Consultation events will be held on:
- Tuesday 17 January – Chester Railway Station – 11am – 6.30pm
- Wednesday 18 January – Christ Church Chester – 11am – 2pm
- Wednesday 18 January – Hoole Community Centre – 3.30pm – 7pm
- Saturday 21 January – Storyhouse, Chester – 10am – 3pm
The draft SRF can also be viewed on the dedicated website and people can comment online.
The consultation will run until 3 February.
Anyone with queries about the SRF or consultation should contact 0800 089 0361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org